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Kampi sa kalaban ni Duterte! US Senate panel OKs reso calling for De Lima’s release, slamming Ressa’s ‘harassment’

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The United States Senate foreign relations committee has approved a resolution condemning the Philippine government over Senator Leila De Lima’s continued detention and calling for the charges against her to be dropped.

US Senate Resolution 142 filed in April 2019 also condemns the arrest and harassment of human rights defenders and journalists, such as Rappler founder and CEO Maria Ressa.

The resolution also condemned the Philippine government for alleged extrajudicial killings done in connection with the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

It urged US President Donald Trump to impose sanctions on Philippine officials involved in De Lima’s detention and supposed extrajudicial killings, such as the revocation of their US visas and freezing of assets.

US Senator Ed Markey, who filed the resolution, tweeted that its passage ““demonstrates broad support for accountability in her case and with others.”

Markey’s colleague, US Senator Dick Durbin said expressed elation over the resolution’s approval “to end the troubling detention” of De Lima and Ressa’s supposed harassment.

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